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Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail

Intermediate

Trail

8.9 mile 14.3 kilometer loop
70% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 212' 65 m
Descent: -214' -65 m
High: 890' 271 m
Low: 850' 259 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

Dogs

Leashed
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Trail shared by Anne Grofvert

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A nice mix of wooded and open rolling trail. Technical stunts on a few areas with optional bypasses.

Anne Grofvert

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Dogs must be on a 6' or less leash at all times and are only allowed in park area to the north and at McNamara Canoe Landing to the south up to the cutoff point. Signs are posted at this point, and dogs are allowed in the pond at this area only.

Seasonally trails are closed during XC ski season.

Check the MMMBA Facebook page for open/closed status.

Overview

The Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail is a great mountain bike specific loop offering nearly 10 miles of excellent riding. The trail has features suitable to those with advanced skills, but multiple bail-out points make this a good place for intermediate riders to challenge their skills.

Description

The main park entrance is on Grovenburg Road, and full facilities are available at that entrance. This trail is a bit harder to find from there. Riverbend Natural Area (trailhead) entrance is off Nichols Road and there is a kiosk and clear trail markings at this entrance. There is also an outhouse there, but not potable water. The McNamara entrance off of Columbia Road features the same primitive amenities.

The MTB Trail is a series of named segments linked together, and directional signage information can be found on inconspicuous small brown wood squares with green arrows on them. Try to follow the main trail, as the directions matter on some features!

In general, this is a nice fun trail system aimed at making use out of limited terrain within the overall area. Optional elevated stunts will be found within the loop, with the majority of them not too far from the Riverbend parking lot. There are bypass options for all of these.

A numbered signage system is in the works which will help riders find their way around better. Hopefully, the first phase of this will be in place prior to the end of the 2016 riding season.

During summer months the MMMBA chapter hosts weekly group rides. The ones at Burchfield can be a great way to learn the trail plus meet other riders.

Two other trails are nearby, Bennett Park in Charlotte and Anderson Park on Old Lansing Road (currently named Blue Loop Green Loop and Red Loop and can be located that way here on MTBProject).

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Sep 3, 2019
Jack Hardenburg
Money Dirt 8.2mi — 1h 01m
Jul 13, 2019
Erik Grill
8.9mi — 4h 55m
May 5, 2019
Casey Nolan
8.9mi
Oct 27, 2018
Brandon Taranger
8.1mi
Sep 16, 2018
Kyle Imwalle
Some soft parts in the flood plain area but other than that extremely fast. 8.9mi
Sep 11, 2018
David Chase
Skipped all obstacles and a few hills 5mi
Aug 14, 2018
Pizza Bagel
First time on this trail today and I loved it! Fairly easy to follow with numbered signs in place. A few difficult/rooted/rocky sections but fun! 6mi — 1h 30m
Jul 21, 2018
Kyle Imwalle
Trail is good for the most part. Small puddles here and there but nothing that would damage the trail if you rode through them.

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The builder riding Whiplash, a stunt on Hansen's Be-Bop. This is a good practice line for stunts further along in your ride. 2"x10" entry, drop to long 2"x6", drop to long 2"x4", then onto short on-end 2"x4". Yes, 2" wide at the end! This is a beginner/intermediate stunt with little risk involved
Aug 1, 2015 near Dimondale, MI
The exit of The Mambo King, a stunt on Hansen's Be-Bop. Note the advanced bit a foot on the other side of the top log in the logpile exit. It is easier to ride than it looks, but this is definitely an advanced stunt (for this part of the country).
Aug 1, 2015 near Dimondale, MI
Riding the horseshoe-shaped stunt (backwards) on Hansen's Be-Bop, which was not given an individual name. The names of the trails at Burchfield are based on movie names, though I'm not sure which movie this trail name refers to. The other stunts on this trail are named for music-related movies.
Aug 1, 2015 near Dimondale, MI
Fall wildlife
Apr 13, 2015 near Dimondale, MI
Godzilla vs. Bambi stunt's three different exit lines. Beginner/intermediate exit on left, intermediate exit in middle, advanced exit on the right (turtle conga line!). You can hit all three of these exits from either the Godzilla entry or the Bambi entry, with crossovers between the lines.
Aug 1, 2015 near Dimondale, MI
The exit of Dragonball Z, an intermediate/advanced stunt on Dragonball Run. Each of the two elevated corners can be ridden either high (advanced) or low (beginner), so there are four different ways to ride this stunt. The entry is an 8-inch step-up, designed to keep beginners off of the stunt.
Aug 1, 2015 near Dimondale, MI

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